Tip #659:  Generating Ideas with SCAMPER

On February 21, 2017, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #659:  Generating Ideas with SCAMPER

“The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.” Linus Pauling

Whenever there is a need to generate ideas, brainstorming inevitably comes to mind. But there is another method called SCAMPER that puts a spin on brainstorming. SCAMPER stands for Substitute, Combine, Adapt, Modify, Put to another use, Eliminate, and Reverse.

You go down the list, using each of the words as a prompt for questions to brainstorm, when you want to come up with new ideas to develop or improve a product, process, service or even people.

As with any brainstorming session, some of the answers may not be possible or useful. However, SCAMPER provides a format that can generate more answers than … Read the rest

Tip #624:  Learning Through Productive Failure

On June 6, 2016, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #624:  Learning Through Productive Failure

“Learning from failure is a very intuitive and compelling idea that’s been around for ages, but teachers may not know how to use it.” Manu Kapur

Professor Manu Kapur is currently a Professor of Psychological Studies at The Hong Kong Institute of Education and the former head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore. He has pioneered the idea of productive failure, which is “a learning design that entails the design of conditions for learners to persist in generating and exploring representations and solution methods for solving complex, novel problems.”

Dr. Nido Qubein, the President of High Point University, explains that we learn by doing and when we learn something new, such … Read the rest

Tip #592: A Growth Mindset

On October 26, 2015, Posted by , In brain research, By ,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #592: A Growth Mindset

A growth mindset: “There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits on the human capacity for intelligence, imagination and wonder.” Ronald Reagan

A fixed mindset: “There is a theory of human behavior that says people subconsciously retard their own intellectual growth.”  Philip Crosby

[Note: The following information is drawn from an article by Deborah Farmer Kris, “Never Too Late: Creating a Climate for Adults to Learn New Skills,” and an article by Maria Popova, “Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives.”]

In her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck writes that her twenty years of research have shown that our … Read the rest

Tip #557: An Ode to Pipe Cleaners

On February 23, 2015, Posted by , In training resources, By ,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #557: An Ode to Pipe Cleaners

“It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.” Amelia Barr

I was recently looking through a magazine that offers various tactile objects for trainers to buy for their participants. There were objects of many different of shapes and colors that I’m sure would be appealing and engaging. I even have some of them: glitter wands, Koosh balls, star-shaped squeezable balls and large dice.

But, by far, the very best tactile object that trainers can provide on their participants’ tables is the simple pipe cleaner.

Pipe cleaners are colorful. They come in all of the colors of the rainbow.

They are pliable. They can be twisted into an infinite number of shapes, limited only by the participants’ imagination and creativity.… Read the rest

Tip #554: Creative Learning Activities in Jordan- Part One

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” Edward de Bono  

While in Amman, Jordan, I also conducted a six-day Train the Trainer Program: Designing and Delivering Dynamic Learning for humanitarian workers.

The third day was focused on Inviting Learning from the standpoint of creating a positive learning environment and having strong platform skills.

For a closing activity, I asked the participants to select an object from a bag and then create a 2-minute presentation about it. The presentation could involve telling a story, trying to sell the product, brainstorming with the group to come up with different uses for the item, etc.

Here are some of the presentations that really … Read the rest

Tip #454: Wonderfully Creative Activities on the Fifth Day of Training in Amman

On February 11, 2013, Posted by , In learning activities, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #454: Wonderfully Creative Activities on the Fifth Day of Training in Amman

“The creative is the place where no one else have ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition.” Alan Alda

Hello!  This was a really great day. Although T was late picking me up because of traffic, it turned out that L had been at the training hotel since 6 am and had almost everything set up by the time I finally got there at 7:30 am. That was a huge relief.

S, who had asked me yesterday what colors I liked, gave me an exquisitely embroidered pillow and lots of hugs and kisses. What a sweetheart!

Next, my research last night on how to fix a frozen iPod … Read the rest